(a) By promulgation of local rules of the juvenile court, a referral may be made to the department of children's services juvenile-family crisis intervention program in the following instances:
(1) Where there is an allegation that a child is unruly; or
(2) Where there is an allegation that a juvenile-family crisis exists.
(b) Nothing in this section shall preclude the court or the department from taking any necessary action that shall be required to provide to a child any protective services, including, but not limited to, emergency protective custody.
Acts 1994, ch. 1000, § 3; 1996, ch. 1079, § 107.
Compiler's Notes. Acts 1994, ch. 1000, § 1 provided that the intent of the general assembly in enacting this section is to implement services to reduce the number of unruly children, as defined in T.C.A. § 37-1-102, who are referred to juvenile court and to reduce the number of unruly children who are placed in state custody.
The office of children's services administration in the department of finance and administration is responsible for implementing the provisions of Acts 1994, ch. 1000. See Executive Order No. 58 (June 29, 1994).